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Columbia sturgeon season will open Oct. 1
September 19, 2011


CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational white sturgeon retention season on the Columbia River between the Wauna Powerlines and Bonneville Dam will open one week earlier than expected, under rules adopted by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

The season in this area was open from January through July, closed for the summer, and was scheduled to reopen on October 8.  Under the rules adopted at a joint state hearing Thursday, anglers will be allowed to begin this season one week earlier than expected.  The additional opportunity is available because catches in the first half of the year were less than expected.

Anglers will be allowed to retain white sturgeon three days a week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – from Oct. 1 through the end of the year, or until the annual harvest guideline for this area of 3,410 white sturgeon is achieved.

The season applies to the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam downstream approximately 105 miles to the Wauna power lines.  White sturgeon must be 38 to 54 inches fork length in order to be retained. The bag limit is one sturgeon per day, five per year.

White sturgeon fisheries in the Columbia and lower Willamette River are managed to remain within annual catch guidelines.  Closures now in affect in the Columbia downstream of the Wauna powerlines and upstream of Bonneville Dam remain in effect, as does the closure on the lower Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls.

For more information visit ODFW’s regulations update page.




Chris Kern (971) 673-6031
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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